Where can I find...?
Where can I find...
- Information about different career paths post my PhD/Postdoc
- Information about teaching
- Writing Opportunities
- Networking Events & Opportunities
- Leadership and Teamwork Opportunities
- Public Speaking Opportunities
- Business of Science Information
- Science Policy and Advocacy Opportunities
- Funding Opportunities
- Job Listings
- Utilize the Graduate Division Office:
- Whether you are an IUSM postdoc or an IUSM graduate student, each respective office staff, the IUSM Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) or IBMG, are here to help!
- We offer individual appointments to 1) discuss career goals; 2) for CV, resume, and cover letter critiques; 3) for mock interviews. IUSM Postdocs can visit http://postdoc.medicine.iu.edu/current-postdocs/ to make an appointment!
- The Individual Development Plan (IDP) for Postdoctoral Fellows - https://myidp.sciencecareers.org/
- Career Planning Resources including Self-Assessment and Self-Evaluation Information, Career Exploration and more - http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/?page=CareerPlanning
- Some of the larger science societies that you may already be a member of also provide career information including SfN, ASBMB, ASCB, etc.
- Look more closely at your specific society or organization. They have also started offering career and professional development events at the scientific conferences or meetings.
- There are a lot of blogs and websites dedicated to biomedical PhD and postdoc careers! They provide 1st hand account of how people got into their careers, both written and video, as well as resources such as interviewing tips, networking, etc. Some of these include:
- Versatile PhD PhD Career Finder - https://versatilephd.com/phd-career-finder/
- NY Academy of Sciences Career Path Videos – http://www.nyas.org/WhatWeDo/CareerVideos.aspx
- PhD Career Guide - http://www.phdcareerguide.com/
- There are a slew of others also available! Run a general internet search and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.
- Where do you go from there once you learn about a career such being a faculty member, working in regulatory affairs, science policy, intellectual property, consulting, biotech equity, other career paths?
- Most if not all, have a society or group that you can check out that offer a wealth of information, resources and connection. Do a general search to find them.
- There are some great resources listed on the IBMG webpage - http://grad.medicine.iu.edu/resources/for-undergrad-advisors/career-development-and-opportunities/
- Still want to know learn more from someone actually in the field or just curious about what their position entails?
- Use your network and LinkedIn to find those in a career of interest and set up an informational interview. It’s a great way to learn about a career as you are NOT asking for a job, but looking to learn more about that career. Be respectful when asking and make your intentions known upfront (interested in their career path). You can ask them to meet for coffee (where you offer to pay) and keep it to 20-30 minutes.
- Academy of Teaching Scholars
- IUSM postdocs and grad students may now join the Academy of Teaching Scholars offered through the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (OFAPD). Tier I "Foundations of Teaching Excellence" provides participants with expertise in the fundamentals of teaching and learning. Tier One consists of three parts - 1) A philosophy of teaching statement (submitted at enrollment and revised at completion of the program); 2) Participation in teaching development workshops in a variety of competency areas; 3) A peer review of teaching. - http://faculty.medicine.iu.edu/faculty-development/teaching-development/academy-of-teaching-scholars/
- Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL)
- Indiana University has recently joined the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 46 universities dedicated to the advancement of undergraduate education in STEM and other disciplines through the professional development of future faculty. Postdocs and grad students can take advantage of CIRTL events, resources and other professional development opportunities - http://www.cirtl.net/
- The IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
- The CTL frequently hosts workshops and seminars throughout the year and offers consultations - http://ctl.iupui.edu/
- Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals Program (PFFP)
- Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals (PFFP) engages current IUPUI graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a full range of career options, responsibilities, and mentoring in academic and non-academic careers through year round programming - http://graduate.iupui.edu/support/pffp.shtml
- In addition, some societies offer online teaching opportunities and experiences. Look more closely at their webpages or join their email listservs. They send out updates and information for programming.
- For those wanting classroom teaching experience, we are currently working to assist in providing those opportunities. In the meantime, as opportunities become available, we will let you know. You can also seek out those opportunities in the surrounding area.
There are numerous opportunities to gain writing experience including:
- Taking the lead on a grant coming from your lab
- Offering to write for:
- The journals that you read and/or publish your fields’ work, as they sometimes have guest bloggers on their respective webpages.
- The Postdoc Messenger - a newsletter for IUSM postdoctoral trainees from the IUSM PDA: https://iusmpostdocs.wordpress.com/postdoc-messenger/ or The 'Scope - a blog started by Dr. Sullivan that highlights the science behind pop culture news and events: http://thescopepopculturescience.blogspot.com/
- There are A LOT of science blogs and other publications that welcome volunteers and guest bloggers including BioCareers (www.biocareers.com) as well as others
- Check out ScienceSeeker (www.scienceseeker.org), a website that curates science blogs. There are also potential opportunities there to be a guest blogger!
- Check out The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (http://casw.org/), as they also have a lot of information about writing and how to move forward, etc. such as links to the National Association of Science Writers and jobs, etc.
- Check out the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) - http://www.amwa.org/, a resource for professional medical communicators, promoting excellence in medical communication and providing educational resources.
If you're interested in gaining experience in editing -
- Offer to edit your PIs’ or labmates’ grant that will be turned in
- Offer to become a reviewer for a journal in your field
- There are also opportunities to edit journal articles including, but not limited to, for example American Journal Experts (http://www.aje.com/en)
- There are several opportunities to network with life science professionals in Indianapolis and Indiana. Click here to see the list “Networking Resources Events in Indy” list compiled by our very own Tara Hobson-Prater, Director of the IBMG Program for PhD Study.
- Go off the beaten path, if you have something that interests you - join a group of interest. Sometimes a network connection can come from unexpected place! And don’t forget, it’s also about how you can help the other person.
Within the lab:
- Offer to lead and organize the journal club or writing group for your floor or department
- Offer to organize a departmental or invited speaker seminar
- Offer to take on an undergraduate, rotating graduate student or medical student
Outside the lab:
- Join a group or club, on or off campus, such as the IUSM Postdoc Association - https://iusmpostdocs.wordpress.com/.
- Groups or clubs have different events throughout the year where volunteers are needed. You can offer to help and participate in these events.
- Join and get involved with your respective national science organization/group. They welcome postdoc and graduate student involvement on various committees.
- Join groups such as the National Postdoc Association – FREE affiliate membership for you since IUSM is a sustaining member - http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/?page=affiliate_members
- Volunteer for one of their committees. This is a way to be involved at the national level as it usually involves a conference call/month and assigned projects on a volunteer basis as needed - http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/?page=committees_officers
There are many arenas to gain science public speaking experience including:
- Presenting at a departmental seminar – be proactive and volunteer for it.
- Presenting at regional, national and/or international meetings
- Presenting at Postdoc Live!
- Invited speaker at a conference, symposium, meeting, etc.
- Volunteer to present your work if the opportunity comes up such as at recruiting events
Interested in gaining general public speaking experience?
- Volunteer to present at science outreach events (Click here to see the list “Networking Resources Events in Indy” list as there are also science outreach groups listed and for some ideas of where to get started!)
- Check out IUSM Scientific Toastmasters – www.scitoasteriusm.toastmastersclubs.org/
- Not in the Indianapolis area? No worries, there are other Toastmasters groups all around the world - https://www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club
- The IU Kelley School of Business offers a variety of options that may be of interest including:
- The IU Kelley School of Business Executive Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences – http://kelley.iu.edu/cbls/. Several IUSM postdocs have taken part and received this certificate.
- They also host the Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conferences, bring together those from academia, government and industry together - http://kelley.iu.edu/CBLS/conferences/page16548.html
- BioCrossroads is a great place to know what is happening in the IN life sciences industry as they post events, etc. (some free) that would be great to attend to learn more - http://www.biocrossroads.com/
- A lot of other opportunities are also available based on your interests.
- Are you part of a national science organization? They usually have science policy and advocacy opportunities. This includes AACR, AAI, ASCB, ASBMB, etc.
- There are also short and long term opportunities available including, but not limited to:
- AAAS - http://www.aaas.org/program/science-technology-policy-fellowships
- National Academy of Science - Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Science Policy Graduate Fellowship Program - http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/policyfellows/
- Research!America - http://www.researchamerica.org/about-us/careers
- Don’t limit yourself to the national level, science policy and advocacy opportunities are also available at the state, county and university levels. Be proactive.
- As the funding opportunities normally publicized in the OPA weekly newsletter may not list all the funding opportunities available, here are some resources - though not all inclusive - for those interested in searching for funding opportunities (1, 2 & 3 also have resources specifically for international scholars, but check the others as well). Most of these, including 3, 5 and 6 also send out new funding notices, so don't forget to sign up for them.
- NPA International Fellowships & Grants list (recently updated) - http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.nationalpostdoc.org/resource/resmgr/Docs/NPA_International_Fellowship.pdf
- Fogarty International Center - http://www.fic.nih.gov/funding/Pages/default.aspx
- Cos Pivot - http://pivot.cos.com/funding_main
- NPA searchable funding database - http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.nationalpostdoc.org/resource/resmgr/Docs/NPA_Searchable_Funding_Datab.pdf
- Grants.gov - http://www.grants.gov/
- NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts - https://grants.nih.gov/funding/index.htm\
- National Science Foundation - http://www.nsf.gov/
- Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships & Opportunities - http://www.minoritypostdoc.org/view/resources.html#DivPD
- When you have decided on which grant or funding opportunity you will be applying for, get in contact with your departmental grant administrations BEFORE you begin writing and keep in contact with them throughout the process. They have valuable information and insight they can offer and are a great resource!
General Job Search (a few places to begin your search):
- Indeed - www.indeed.com
- LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com
- NIH OITE – https://www.training.nih.gov/career_services/jobs
- Salary Comparison - https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/index.htm or http://data.chronicle.com/
- Chronicles of Higher Ed – https://chroniclevitae.com/job_search/new
- Inside Higher Ed – https://careers.insidehighered.com/
- Higher Ed Jobs – https://www.higheredjobs.com/
- Science Careers – https://www.sciencemag.org/careers
- Nature Jobs – http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/
- Visit the specific college or university of interest webpage as they may only post their openings there
Industry or field specific jobs:
- BioSpace – http://www.biospace.com/
- BIO.org – http://jobs.bio.org/jobseeker/search/results/
- Science Careers – https://www.sciencemag.org/careers
- Most of the societies have a job listings page on their website. For example:
Government and State level Jobs: